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“If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”


If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures,

The word “endures” refers back to the testing of fire in the previous verse.

he will receive a reward.

God rewards us for the kind of materials with which we build our lives. The word “reward” conveys the idea of wages. God gives adequate pay for effort in service. The idea is not to reward for merit but for integrity in service. 


Some Christians will have permanent production because its integrity will stand in eternal reward.


Some believers will suffer losses – those who seek to build the church with activities that will not sustain God’s criterion for doing ministry. Carnal Christians will receive no lasting reward for ministry. They lose occasions to glorify God by serving Him improperly.

It should be our aim to make a lasting contribution to the ministry. We need to keep as our aim the idea that Jesus will evaluate our ministry at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

2 Co 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (not sin or evil but worthless in value).